During a practice session on the clay oval at the Cornwall Motor Speedway on Sunday, Alexandria race car driver Joey Ladouceur set a new track record in the 358-Modified class, completing the circuit in 12.640 seconds.
Ladouceur tells me, “The track record was set during practice in the Modified division, driving our family-owned #23 Mr Radiator Auto Service Dirt Modified (Cornwall’s premier division) car. The chassis is a Bicknell chassis (built in St. Catharine’s ,Ontario), and the engine is one that my dad, Laurent [a Glengarry Sport Hall of Fame inductee], built. Most of the other competitors have engines that they buy from professional engine builders that cost $25,000 – $30,000, so it was nice to have something that we built ourselves beat all the professionally-built engines.”
On the conditions for the August 9 racing, the veteran drivers says, “After a brief rain delay, and some prepping of the moist clay by the speedway track crew, the track conditions were perfect for a track record (there’s a lot of traction when the clay transitions from slippery to tacky/sticky. After that is begins to harden and slowly transitions to hard clay, kinda like polishing cement, which leads to a decline in traction and slower lap times.”
Alexandria’s own Austin Ladouceur is an Alexandria Glen no more. The product of local minor hockey and veteran of the Green and Gold’s junior ‘B’ hockey team has been dealt to the Casselman Vikings, in exchange for a player development fee.
The 20-year-old defenceman suited up for 15 games with the Glens this season, recording 2 goals, 3 assists, and 16 penalty minutes.
Today, he dressed for the first time as a Viking, as Casselman played a daytime game for schoolchildren. Ladouceur didn’t hit the scoresheet, as his new team went down to a 2-1 loss to the Whitewater Kings. He was joined on the ice by another Glengarrian, Maxville’s Todd McBain, who was called up from the U18 Hawkesbury Hawks as an affiliate.
Ladouceur played three full seasons with the Alexandria Glens.
The team’s general manager, Derick Viau, explained to me that the reason for dealing Ladouceur to Casselman was to give the veteran a chance to win a championship in his final year of junior hockey. Viau admitted that this is a rebuilding year for his club which has struggled to hit the win column. The Glens are currently last in the Martin Division, while the Vikings are tops in the league.
Alexandria stock car racing brothers Joey Ladouceur and Lee Ladouceur were captured in this August 4 photo by Rick Young, at Cornwall Motor Speedway. The Ladouceurs are regulars at the track, as is Young who keeps a record of the drivers through his images. His work is showcased here on his website.
Heading into this Sunday’s racing, Joey Ladouceur stands 7th in the Cornwall track’s modified class season standings, while Lee is 11th.